It is not the best of outings for Nigeria at the ongoing 2018 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary, after the four wrestlers representing the country crashed out in their various categories.
The competition holds from October 21 to 28. Odunayo Adekuoroye, Blessing Onyebuchi, Blessing Oborududu and Aminat Adeniyi represented the country in the women’s wrestling at the tournament. Adekuoroye competed in the 57kg while Onyebuchi did battle in the 76kg as Oborududu competed in the 68kg and Adeniyi crashed out in the 62kg. There was no male wrestler on the team.
Adekuoroye defeated Japan’s Katsuki Sakagami 11-6 in her first match but lost 7-6 to India’s Pooja Dhanda to crash out while Adeniyi exited her category in the round of 32 with an 8-0 loss to Yukako Kawai of Japan.
For Onyebuchi, she lost in the round of 32 to Estonia’s Epp Mae by fall while Oborududu crashed out in the round of 16 after a 6-4 loss to China’s Zhou Feng. She had won her first match 12-2 over Anna Schell of Germany.
President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation Daniel Igali, who is in Budapest for the United World Wrestling congress, said the wrestlers gave their best, adding that the country needed more investment in the sport to beat the best in the world.